Social Democrats in Germany voting new leader

epa08034637 Counting of the German Social Democrat Party SPD member survey on the party's chairmanship at the Willy-Brandt-Haus in Berlin, Germany, 30 November 2019. EPA-EFE/RAINER KEUENHOF POOL

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Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) will on Saturday announce the winner of a party leadership ballot, whose first task will be to decide whether to quit the ruling coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

The favourites for the race are a duo composed of Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his running mate Klara Geywitz, who both support the centre-left party staying in coalition with Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democrats until 2021.

SPD is in turmoil after a run of dismal regional and European election results and a six-month long leadership race which has left them trailing in polls. Many members want to leave government and rebuild in opposition.

The SPD will announce the result of a 10-day ballot of its roughly 426,000 members at about tonight and delegates are set to approve the choice at a party conference on Dec. 6-8 where they will also vote on the coalition.

Via Reuters / RFI

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